Sofia von Humboldt

Sofia von Humboldt
ISPA Instituto Universitário | ISPA · WJCR - William James Center for Research

PhD

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Introduction
Sofia von Humboldt is a researcher and clinical and health psychologist with a long-standing experience with older adults. Her research interests include sexual well-being, adjustment to aging and mental health. She is a Researcher and Invited Professor and undergoing a post-doctoral at in William James Center for Research, ISPA-Instituto Universitário and at the University of Alberta. Deeply committed to working with older adults, she has written papers, chapters and books focused on old age.
Additional affiliations
September 2017 - present
ISPA Instituto Universitário
Position
  • Research Associate
February 2015 - present
Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa
Position
  • Professor
March 2012 - present
Psychology, Community & Health
Position
  • Associate Editor
Education
October 2009 - January 2014
ISPA Instituto Universitário
Field of study
  • Psychology
September 2004 - May 2006
ISPA Instituto Universitário
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (580)
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Objective To analyze the perspectives of sexual unwellness (SU) of Portuguese and Slovenian older adults was the objective of this study. A qualitative research was carried out, in which these perceptions were analyzed at a cultural level. Methods The sample of this study consisted of 136 older participants, between 65 and 96 years of age. Partici...
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Introduction The exponential increase of the older segment of the population (1) is coinciding with the growing challenges of a digital society in different socio-cultural contexts (2). Objectives This exploratory study aims to analyze older adult perspectives of how smart technology influenced their meaning in life during the Covid-19 Public Heal...
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Age and sexual difficulties show a relevant influence in older adults’ sexual well-being (SWB). The objective of this study was to assess sexual issues that affect SWB, revealed by older adults in person-centered therapy, using qualitative research. Interviews with 114 older participants, aged 65 to 82 years, living in the community were submitted...
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Introduction The Covid-19 pandemic appeared globally (1), thus affecting the self-growth of the older population (2). Objectives The aim of this study is to identify and analyze the negative emotions felt during the pandemic, as well as their impact on self-growth of 226 older individuals of four nationalities: Mexican, Italian, Portuguese and Spa...
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Introduction Oder adults have been stereotyped (1), both explicitly and implicitly, as being asexual or naturally lacking sexual desires (2). Objectives The objective of this study is to analyse the perspectives of sexual unwellness (SU) of Portuguese and Slovenian older adults. Methods A qualitative research was carried out, in which these perce...
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Introduction Beyond living longer, it is increasingly important to live with more and better health during aging (1). Sexual well-being (SWB) was found to contribute to health and well-being in old age and is highly under-researched in the older population (2). Objectives This study aims to analyze SWB in a cross-cultural way through older Portugu...
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Introduction Sexual well-being (SWB) of the older population can be significantly influenced by age (1) and sexual difficulties (2). Objectives Through qualitative research, this study focused on sexual themes that affect the SWB addressed by the older people in person-centered therapy. Methods Twenty-five older adults, aged between 65 and 82 yea...
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Background and Objective The outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has raised increased challenges for older adults’ personal growth in diverse cultural settings. The aim of this study was to analyze negative emotions and their role on older adults’ self-growth in Mexico, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the access of older adults to health services. The two objectives of this study are understanding the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on older adults’ access to health services and exploring how health service accessibility during the pandemic influenced older adults’ mental health and self-reported changes in...
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Introduction Beyond living longer, it is increasingly important to live with more and better health during aging; sexual well-being was found to contribute to health and well-being in old age and is highly under-researched in the older population. This study aims to analyze sexual well-being in a cross-cultural way through older Portuguese and Slov...
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This encyclopedia brings together a comprehensive collection of work highlighting established research and emerging science in all relevant disciplines in gerontology and population aging. It covers the breadth of the field, gives readers access to all major sub-fields, and illustrates their interconnectedness with other disciplines. With more than...
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Objectives Build a structural model to explore whether socio-demographic, health and lifestyle-related variables are correlates of adjustment to aging (AtA) in a group of older lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults. Methods The sample comprised 287 community-dwelling older LGB adults aged 75 years and older. Convenience sampling was used to gath...
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Age and sexual difficulties show a relevant influence in older adults’ sexual well-being (SWB). The objective of this study was to assess sexual issues that affect SWB, revealed by older adults in person-centered therapy, using qualitative research. Interviews with 38 older participants, aged 65 to 82 years, living in the community were submitted t...
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Sexual well-being (SWB) refers to the subjective emotional and cognitive evaluation of the quality of the individual's sexuality. SWB plays a relevant role in quality of life and health promotion on old age and has cross-cultural implications. In addition to the scarcity of in-depth qualitative studies in this area and studies with cross-cultural s...
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Objective: This study aims to analyze how older adults express themselves sexually. For this purpose, a qualitative research was carried out, which analyzes their perspectives at a cross-cultural level. Methods: Four hundred ninety-five older participants, aged 65 to 98 years, were interviewed. Participants were of three different nationalities and...
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Objectives Sexual well-being (SWB) refers to the subjective emotional and cognitive evaluation of the quality of the individual's sexuality, it plays a relevant role in quality of life and health promotion on old age and has cross-cultural implications. The aim of this study is to analyse comparatively the perspectives of older adults on their SWB...
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Objective This study aims to analyze the perspectives of intergenerational relationships between older adults and adult children. For this purpose, a qualitative research was carried out, which analyzes these relations at a cross-national level. Methods Four hundred and twenty four older participants aged 65-97 years, were interviewed. Participant...
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Introduction Older adults who engage in sexual activities may benefit from increasing psychological and physical well-being, which may contribute to reduce a number of physical and mental health problems. The objectives of this study are the following: To analyse sexual well-being (SWB) in older adults’ perspective and to examine the potential expl...
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Introduction Older adults who engage in sexual activities may benefit from increasing psychological and physical well-being, which may contribute to reduce a number of physical and mental health problems. Objectives To analyze sexual well-being (SWB) in older adults’ perspective and to examine the potential explanatory mechanisms of a SWB overall...
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Introduction A cross-cultural qualitative study about older portuguese and mexican adults and sexual well-being. Objectives Sexual well-being (SWB) refers to the subjective emotional and cognitive evaluation of the quality of the individual's sexuality, it plays a relevant role in quality of life and health promotion on old age and has cross-cultu...
Presentation
Introduction A qualitative study about older adults’ sexual well-being and person-centered psychotherapy Objectives The objective of this study was to evaluate the main concerns related to sexual well-being revealed by older adults in person-centered therapy, using qualitative research. Methods Interviews with 58 older participants, aged 65 to 82...
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Introduction This study focuses on ambivalence among intergenerational relationships in old age. Objectives This study aims to analyze the perspectives of intergenerational relationships between older adults and adult children. For this purpose, a qualitative research was carried out, which analyzes these relations at a cross-national level. Meth...
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This study aims to analyze the perspectives of intergenerational relationships between older adults and adult children. For this purpose, a qualitative research was carried out, which analyzes these relations at a cross-national level. Four hundred and twenty four older participants aged 65-97 years, were interviewed. Participants were of three dif...
Chapter
https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_91-1
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Objective: This study aims the perspectives of older adults on their sexual well-being. For this purpose, a qualitative research was carried out, which analyzes older adults’ perspectives on indicators of sexual well-being in Portugal and Romania. Methods: Forty seven older participants aged 65 to 91 years, were interviewed. Participants lived in t...
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Objective: This study aims to analyze how older adults express themselves sexually. For this purpose, a qualitative research was carried out, which analyzes their perspectives at a cross-national level. Methods: Four hundred and ninety five older participants aged 65 to 98 years, were interviewed. Participants were of three different nationalities...
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The exponential increase of the older segment of the population is coinciding with the growing challenges of a digital society in different socio-cultural contexts. This exploratory study aims to analyze older adult perspectives of how smart technology influenced their meaning in life during the Covid-19 Public Health Emergency period, using qualit...
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Significant demographic changes and a growing aging population increasingly emphasize the importance of assessing phenomena of violence against older adults, who constitute a vulnerable population. Therefore, bullying in old age is a poorly studied phenomena, but of growing importance. This study aims to analyze the perspectives of bullying in old...
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The present study intends to analyze older adult perspectives on what determines sexual satisfaction in old age. Four hundred and twenty-one non-institutionalized older parti- 10 cipants from three different nationalities aged 65 to 97 years were interviewed. All narratives were submitted to content analysis. This study’s outcome originated five th...
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The increase of longevity of and within the older global population itself is incrementing the proportion of older adults. Looking at the worldwide diversity in population aging implies that this concept is seen through different cultural presuppositions.
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Introduction: The purpose of this preliminary study was to build a structural model to explore whether sociodemographic, health and lifestyle variables are correlated with adjustment to aging in a group of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) older adults. Methods: The sample included 187 LGB older adults, aged 75 years and over. The following instrumen...
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Introduction: This study aims to analyze how older adults express themselves sexually. For this purpose, a cross-national qualitative study was performed. Methods: Two hundred and thirteen non-institutionalized elderly, aged 65 to 98 years, from three different nationalities (Brazilian, Portuguese and English) were interviewed. All interviews were...
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Sexual satisfaction is a key factor in the sexul health and overall well-being of individuals. This empirical study of correlational mixed approach was conducted in non-institutionalized older adults and aimed to analyze the relationship between sexual satisfaction and sexual changes. Method: 123 older adults individuals has participated, 73 women...